B. Carmage Walls, 90, who owned or operated scores of...


November 24, 1998

B. Carmage Walls, 90, who owned or operated scores of newspapers during more than 60 years in the industry, died Sunday in Houston. He headed Walls Investment Co., which owns the Galveston County Daily News and the Texas City Sun.

He also once owned the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser. He became president and publisher of the Advertiser and the Alabama Journal in 1963, selling the Montgomery papers to Multimedia Inc. six years later.

During the period he was the Advertiser's owner, he opposed the segregationist politics of then-Gov. George C. Wallace and reorganized the paper so that news about the black community was merged with the rest of the paper instead of relegated to separate pages.

"There was a moral reason for doing this," he said. "All men are equal."

Lonnie Pitchford, 43, a musician best known for his mastery of the one-stringed diddley bow in the traditional Delta blues style, died in Lexington, Miss., Nov. 8 of complications from pneumonia.

He made a name for himself with his Robert Johnson-style performances. He was taught by Mr. Johnson's stepson, Robert Junior Lockwood, and Eugene Powell of the Mississippi Sheiks band. He released his debut solo album, "All Around Man," in 1994 and performed in Washington at the Smithsonian Institution's Festival of American Folklife from 1972 to 1991.

Mikolaj Kozakiewicz, 75, a peasant party activist who became the speaker of Poland's first post-Communist parliament, died in Warsaw Sunday of undisclosed causes.

After the partly free elections in 1989 that opened a path to democracy, he became speaker of the Sejm, the more powerful parliament chamber, and held the post until the 1991 elections.

Pub Date: 11/24/98

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